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March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Virginia Port Addresses Congestion's Impact on Truckers

Trucks are backed up along the roads leading into the Port of Virginia. Image:Via Wavy.com video

The Port of Virginia has begun implementing several policies to ease congestion and address problems for truckers at the busy East Coast port.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Congestion, Port Trucking, Intermodal

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Market Facing Big Challenges

Intermodal traffic has been seeing a diversion to East Coast ports. Photo: Port of NY/NJ

Intermodal freight movements are finally recovering since a tentative agreement was worked out about three weeks ago between West Coast Port workers and shipping companies, but diversions of freight from this part of the country are expected to continue.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR, Ports, Research, Port Trucking, Stoughton, China, Railroads

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

West Coast Port Problems Cause Drop in Intermodal Rail Traffic

Photo: Jim Park

Intermodal rail traffic fell in February, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight, Ports

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Order Backlog Near 20-Year Highs

ACT Research's latest report on trailer order numbers show a strong January, despite a drop from December.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Ports, Trailer Orders

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Agreement Reached Over West Coast Port Labor Problems

Port of Los Angeles. Photo: Port of L.A.

The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Friday evening announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering 13,000 workers at all 29 West Coast ports – but problems at the ports are far from over.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

California Port Carrier Feeling Lockout's Pinch

Photo via Port of Long Beach.

Shippers Transport Express works from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, but in the midst of stalled labor negotiations and shutdowns, all the fleet can do is wait.

Tags: Ports, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Labor Unions

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters to Assist Truckers if So Cal Ports Shutdown

Photo via Port of Long Beach

The Teamsters Union announced an effort to provide unemployment benefits to truckers working from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the event of a shut down.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

West Coast Ports Suspend Ship Loading and Unloading

Photo taken Feb. 6,at the Port of Long Beach. Credit: ILWU

Shipping companies represented by the Pacific Maritime Association are suspending the loading and unloading of vessels during four of the next five days as labor unrest at West Coast Ports continues.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slump, Container Volume to Increase

U.S. retail sales slumped in January for the second straight months, falling 0.8% from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report and double the amount forecast by many economists.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Port of New York and New Jersey Handles Record Cargo Volume

Photo: Port of New York and New Jersey

Annual cargo volumes handled at the Port of New York and New Jersey set a new record in 2014, surpassing the previous record set in 2012.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Court Awards Seven Truckers $2 Million Over Wrongful Classification Claims

Seven U.S. port truck drivers last week won what a Teamsters Union-backed group called a “historic precedent-setting victory” against one trucking company, when they were awarded more than $2 million in a court challenge over claims of wage theft in the form of unlawful payroll deductions and expenses.

Tags: Truck Drivers, California, Ports, Teamsters, Litigation, Port Trucking

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

West Coast Problems Cause Georgia Ports to See More Freight

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

Marine ports in Georgia ended 2014 with growth in all cargo sectors, including a 10.2% increase in twenty-foot equivalent container units, and a 7.4% increase in total tonnage, according to new figures released by the Georgia Ports Authority.

Tags: Georgia, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Savannah

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

New Enrollment Requirements for TWIC Applicants

TWIC check at the Port of Tacoma in Washington. Photo: Port of Tacoma

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration announced some changes to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential card program, used by truckers and other transportation workers to access the nation’s maritime ports.

Tags: Security, Truck Drivers, Department of Homeland Security, Safety & Compliance, Ports, Transportation Security Administration, TWIC, Port Trucking

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Labor Unrest Causes West Coast Ports to See Mixed Volumes

The Port of Los Angeles.

Container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 6% in 2014 over the previous year, marking the third busiest year in the port’s history, just behind 2007 and 2006 levels

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Washington, California, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Two Ports Handle Record Volume, Cope with Freight Challenges

Photo: Port of Oakland

Two of the nation’s marine port complexes said they handled record container volume in 2014.

Tags: Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, containers

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Shippers Transport Drivers Join Teamsters at SoCal Ports

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port truck drivers from a major drayage firm serving the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been reclassified as employees and joined the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Mediator Steps In to Aid West Coast Port Talks

Photo courtesy Port of Long Beach

A federal mediator is stepping in to try and resolve months of stalled talks between West Coast longshoremen and port terminal operators and shipping companies.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, California

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Port of Virginia Delays Start of Truck Appointment System

The Port of Virginia is delaying the implementation of the motor carriers’ appointment system at Norfolk International Terminals until this spring.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Port Trucking

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

West Coast Ports Seek Federal Mediator in Labor Talks

The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents employers at America’s 29 West Coast ports, on Monday asked for federal mediation in its contract negotiations with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union.

Tags: Drivers, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Oregon Seeks EPA Funding For Truck Replacement Program

Photo via Port of Portland

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is looking for local fleets and owner-operators to participate in a possible truck replacement program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program will pay for up to half the cost of a new truck, provided the old one is scrapped.

Tags: EPA, Oregon, Ports, Oregon Trucking Association, Clean Diesel, Emissions, DERA, Federal Grants

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

Container Shipper Horizon Exiting the Business in Separate Deals

Photo: Horizon Lines

Together the deals are estimated to cost around $600 million and expected to close next year, following regulatory approval.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking

November 12, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

Trucking interests are preparing a request for temporary flexibility in the hours of service rules to help ease the congestion that is plaguing major ports. “We need some relief now,” said Curtis Whalen, executive director of the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Ports, Regulations, Port Trucking, Safety & Compliance

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Volume Hits 7-Year High at Long Beach Port

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Cargo container traffic rose 7.3% in September at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month last year, marking the Southern California seaport’s busiest September since 2007, the Port’s peak year.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Miami Port, Railway Offering New Service for Faster Shipments

Photo: FECR Twitter page

Called the Sunshine Gateway service, this ship to rail transfer allows the port to handle additional volumes and ensures that shipments move more quickly with the potential to reach 70% of the United States population in four days or less

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Ports, PortMiami

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Volume at Port of Los Angeles Highest Since 2008

The Port of Los Angeles

The increased volume reflects peak season volumes and larger vessels calling at the facility, according to port officials.

Tags: Economy, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal, California

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